QDO has contracted Senior Dairy Extension Officer Ross Warren from Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for six weeks to assist QDO Industry Development Officer Torie Harrison in conducting a thorough review of Natural Resource Management projects. Since Ruth Chalk’s resignation Torie has been the acting NRM Project Manager. Projects that fall under NRM, and will be involved in the review, include Dairying Better ‘n Better, Dairy & Fodder Water for Profit, and the Reef Programme in the Burnett Mary and Wet Tropics catchments.
Ross has over twenty years of experience in the dairy industry and has worked with QDO with some of the delivery in these NRM projects. This prior background and understanding of the NRM projects along with the great rapport Ross has built with farmers and industry bodies will greatly aid the review in identifying possible impediments and pathways to progress and improve the projects.
The desired outcome of this review is to provide recommendations to the QDO board on the structure of the NRM space into the future. It is important that previous work undertaken is evaluated so that problems are solved in the future workplan to ensure funding targets and outcomes can be achieved. It is also of great importance to QDO that the work we undertake in the NRM space delivers real outcomes to Queensland dairy farmers in line with QDO’s two priorities of increasing profits or mitigating risk for members.
As part of the review Ross and Torie will be in contact with several farmers over the coming weeks to gather feedback and suggestions on the projects. If you would like to have input in this review please contact Torie 3236 2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org